Fortune Cookies

Makes 3-4 Dozen Cookies


  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or almond) extract

Special Equipment

  • bowl
  • hand mixer
  • spoon
  • cookie sheets
  • large muffin tin
  • cooling rack
  • fortunes written on colored paper
  • Chinese to-go boxes for packaging
  • clear cellophane bags for alternate packaging


  1. Heat oven to 400º
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat; set aside
  3. In bowl, combine egg whites and sugar and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds.  Add flour and salt and beat until combined.  Add butter, heavy cream, and vanilla (or almond) extract and beat until combined, about 30 seconds
  4. Spray a cookie sheet liberally with cooking spray.  Spoon 1 tbsp of batter onto half of the cookie sheet and spread with the back of the spoon into a thin 5 inch circle; repeat on the other half of the sheet.  Bake until the edges turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.  (Once you have mastered the formation of the cookies and can work quick enough, you can do 4-6 cookies at a time)
  5. Remove baking sheet to a heat-resistant surface.  Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula under one of the cookies and place on a cooling rack.  Place “fortune” in center of cookie, quickly fold the cookie into thirds and then fold in half (leaving the side with the opening on the outside).  Place cookie in large muffin tin to cool